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Larks Head Knot

Larks Head Knot


Description: The Larks Head Knot is one of the most frequently used decorative knots in Macrame.  Another name for this decorative knot is the Cow Hitch.

This variation is used frequently as a mounting knot: To attach one cord to another, or onto a ring, dowel or purse handle.

The Reverse Larks Head is also described on this page, below the basic instructions.  It's a very important variation, so please practice it, too.

It's used when you need to turn the knot around so it resembles a Double Half Hitch. 

I've also included instructions for a unique application of this important knot. It's called the Nestled Mount.

I found it in a book written in 1899, so it's a vintage knot, and is not very well known.

When you are finished here, practice the Vertical Larks Head knot, too.



Basic Instructions

Folded Cord  

Step 1: You need one or more holding cords, secured to your board horizontally.

Fold a working cord and place it under the holding cords. The folded area should be at the bottom and the ends at the top.


Pass Ends Under Fold  

Step 2: Bring both ends over the holding cords, heading downward.

Pass them under the folded area, pulling them firmly.


Larks Head Knot  

When tightened, the Larks Head knot has a horizontal segment made by the fold, resting just below the holding cords.

That portion is called the head, and many Macrame patterns refer to that area when describing the direction it will face.


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Reverse Larks Head

Reverse Larks Head
The Reverse variation is often used when there are Double Half Hitches present, so the knots blend in.

It takes advantage of the back of the Larks Head knot, rather than the front. So the head is facing backwards.

Fold the Cord  

Step 1: Secure one or more holding cords to your board horizontally.

The working cord should be placed over the holding cords (on top).

Bring the ends down, under the holding cords.


Bring Ends Over Fold   Step B: Bring the ends towards you, passing over the folded area.

Reverse Larks Head   Step C: When the knot is tightened, it resembles a Double Half Hitch. 

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Nestled Mount

 Nestled Mount


Here's a variation of the Larks Head that is not very well known. It is used when different colors are required to form the alternating design.

One knot rests inside the other, which causes a color shift.

When you tie a Square Knot with the ends, the two cords furthest to the right and left are the working cords, and they will be the same color. 


First Knot  

Step 1: Tie the first knot following the basic instructions (cord A).

Here it's attached to a dowel, but you can use a holding cord.


Fold Should Be Wide  

Step B: Fold cord B in half.  Place the cord under the dowel as you normally would, but make it wider.

The two ends should rest to the right and left of the first knot.


Bring Ends Under Fold  

Step B: Bring the ends of cord B over the front of the dowel, and under the folded area.

Make sure the ends stay to the right and left, beside the first knot.


First Knot Inside Second  

Step C: Tighten the second knot carefully.

The head of the first knot should nestle inside the second knot.


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